15th Jan, 2019

Clarke and Cox to line up for MCC against Middlesex

Rob George 4th Feb, 2017

TALENTED Pears batsman Joe Clarke has received further recognition after he was named in the MCC squad for the traditional match against county champions Middlesex.

Wicket-keeper Ben Cox has also been recognised with his inclusion in the squad to face the current county champions in Abu Dhabi in a four-day match starting on March 26.

Clarke has already been chosen for the England Lions five week tour of Sri Lanka which gets underway on February 6.

He will then fly to the UAE to be part of the North squad for the three match 50 over series against the South.

Clarke has earned his series of selections after a prolific first full season for Worcestershire in which he scored 1,200 championship runs including five centuries.

Meanwhile Cox has excelled behind the stumps and with the bat for the 2015 and 2016 campaigns and earned the tag of ‘Mr Reliable’ from Worcestershire’s Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes.

It’s the second time in three years Worcestershire have had a call-up for the prestigious MCC match which is the curtain raiser to the new season.

Daryl Mitchell scored 64 when chosen to face Yorkshire in 2015 when his room-mate was England captain Alastair Cook.

Sam Northeast is to skipper the squad which also includes Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett – who made their full England breakthrough this winter – and spinners Mason Crane and Jack Leach.

The fixture will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium where it has been held since 2009 and will be played with a pink Dukes ball in day/night conditions.

Clarke and Cox will also be participating in the preceding Emirates Airline T20 tournament, featuring MCC, Middlesex and two other first class counties, on March 24.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “Haseeb Hameed, Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett are three of the most exciting young batsmen in the country at the moment, and I’m looking forward to seeing them.”

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